Maine at Boston College: 5 Big Questions

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3. If BC wins big, what conclusions will we be able to draw from it?

Probably not a lot unless they win really, really big. These teams are on two different levels of Division I football and the Eagles are heavy favorites (at least they are in theory). Beating UMass last season by a score of 45-17 didn’t really mean much of anything in the scheme of things, as BC lost the three games before it and the three games after it. Should the Eagles win by a similar, massive margin on Saturday, a few will probably read too much into it but by and large, take these games for what they are and don’t try to extrapolate next weeks’ final score against a BCS-conference team based on how badly you smacked an FCS team.

If anything, the closer these games are, the more people read into them. It might not be fair, but that’s the way it is sometimes. Again, I tend to think these games are apropos of nothing when it comes to the rest of the schedule; for example, Wisconsin only beat Northern Iowa by 5, but everyone knows they’re better than that. You take the win however you get it and then you put this game behind you.